Hoey a late DQ after calling penalty on himself

By Ryan LavnerAugust 11, 2012, 5:46 pm

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – After an admirable display of honesty, one of the best rounds of the day Friday eventually turned into the first disqualification of the 94th PGA Championship.

One of only five players to break par during a windswept second round, Michael Hoey signed for a 2-under 70 and appeared to make his first career cut in a major, at 4-over 148. But later that night, some eight hours after completing his round, the 33-year-old alerted tournament officials that he had failed to recreate his lie after identifying his ball in a sandy area on the par-3 eighth hole on Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course.

The rules infraction called for a two-shot penalty, under Rule 12-1, but because Hoey signed for a number (70) lower than his actual score (72), he was disqualified. It was his first major-championship appearance in the U.S.

The Northern Irishman, a four-time winner on the European Tour, took to Twitter (@MichaelHoeyNI) to explain the situation: “Really pleased with today’s round, some of the best golf I’ve played. Unfortunately I made a small mistake on the 8th hole – removed some sand from an embedded ball to identify it as mine, didn’t replace the sand and should have incurred a penalty for not following procedure.

“I didn’t realize this until about 8:20 p.m. tonight after dinner when I went up to the club and chatted to the rules officials who then informed me that as I’d signed an incorrect card I’d be disqualified. I’m absolutely gutted, would have been the first cut I’d made at a Major.” 

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Two-time major champ Pettersen pregnant

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 7:14 pm

PHOENIX – Suzann Pettersen is pregnant with her first child.

Pettersen’s husband, Christian Ringvold, confirmed the news with Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz.

Pettersen, 36, who married Ringvold in January of 2017, is due in the fall. The 15-time LPGA winner and two-time major champion has yet to make her first start this year. She’s an eight-time Solheim Cup veteran.

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Watch: Woods rips iron from sand, makes birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 17, 2018, 6:10 pm

Tiger Woods didn't bogey the first hole on Saturday like he did the day prior - but he did drop at a shot at the par-3 second when he failed to get up and down from the bunker.

Luckily, it wouldn't take him long to get that stroke back. One hole later, at the dogleg-left, par-4 third, Woods ripped a 2-iron off the tee, hit a less-than-stellar approach long and right, and poured in this 38-footer for birdie to get back to even par on the day.

He followed with another at the par-5 fourth, smoking a drive 313 yards uphill, short-siding himself with his second shot, and playing this deft pitch to set up a tap-in 4.

After a par save from the bunker at 5, Woods missed the fairway right at the par-5 sixth, laid up with his second, spun a wedge to 15 feet with his third, and rolled in this third birdie of the day to move to 6 under for the week.

Woods' momentum was slowed by a bogey at 8, the product of an errant tee shot, and a missed birdie try at 9 left Tiger to make the turn in 1 under-35, minus-5 for the week.

He quickly returned to 6 under for the championship when he hit an approach from 186 to inside 10 feet at the par-4 11th and walked in the putt:

Following four straight pars, Woods for the second day in a row made an unlikely birdie at the par-5 16th after missing the fairway to the right and declining to layup.

(More coming...)

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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 17, 2018, 3:00 pm

It was a 3-under 69 on Saturday for Tiger Woods for a 7-under total through three rounds. We tracked him at Bay Hill.

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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play

By Ryan LavnerMarch 17, 2018, 2:24 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.

Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.

As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.

Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.

This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.

The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.